A man is being held by Mexican police after threatening to blow up an airliner unless he could warn the president of an imminent earthquake.
Bolivian-born Jose Flores said he was acting on a divine revelation, according to Mexico’s public security minister, Genaro Garcia Luna, who added:
“On the flight, he indicated that today is September 9, 2009 – that is 9-9-9. He said that if you turn the number upside down, it would be 6-6-6 and, as a priest, he says there was a threat to the country.”
The hijacker, who reportedly held a bible during the drama, said he had a bomb on board the flight from Cancun to Mexico City. Police say the device turned out to be false.
The security operation ended without violence or injury. All 104 passengers and eight crew members were safely removed from the aircraft
Authorities confirmed that other passengers who were initially led away in handcuffs had no link to the hijacker.